Dagenham & Redbridge blog: Two games in and already a rollercoaster of emotions!

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 August 2016

Paul Benson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Paul Benson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016-17 season

We’re already two games into the National League season and yet we’ve seen both the highs and lows of this new Daggers side. An emphatic 3-0 opening day win against Southport combined with the re-signing of legend Paul Benson at half time made for a fantastic day all round for the supporters, ending with the team top of the league!

The general feeling from the Sieve at the weekend was that the style of football being played by Daggers was quick and attacking, with the home side dominant for most of the 90 minutes. Southport were limited to the amount of chances they had whilst Daggers wasted a few of their own that could have seen the score increased by two or three goals. Jordan Maguire-Drew continued his fantastic pre-season form by eventually scoring in the match, this coming after two great close-range opportunities and a missed penalty in the first half.

However, Tuesday night saw Daggers involved in another 3-0 game - this time they were on the wrong end of the result against a Chester side tipped for relegation this season. The result saw the team drop to 11th place, yet three points from two games in a new league is still good considering Daggers are adjusting to their new surroundings.

Saturday sees Dagenham travel to West Yorkshire to face a Guiseley side coming into the match on the back of two defeats already against Eastleigh and Wrexham. Saying that, Eastleigh are one of the sides tipped for promotion and Wrexham having much more experience in this league compared to Guiseley, who are still adapting to playing in non-league’s top flight having only been promoted two season ago.

The Lions are however boosted up front by Adam Boyes, a forward with plenty of experience in the National League after spells with York City, Barrow and Gateshead. The forward only managed six league goals last season, but did score 23 league goals the season before in the National North.

Hopefully a good result this weekend will get the team back on track to a promotion push this season. Come on you Daggers!

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